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The X-Files is a movie-style interactive game developed by HyperBole Studios, with an original story created by The X-Files creator Chris Carter and writer Frank Spotnitz. The moody musical score is by composer Mark Snow, the same as the television series. The game offers a live-action cinematic presentation, with Hollywood-quality film clips woven throughout a first-person plot-line.
This dark mystery-adventure places you in the role of Special Agent Craig Willmore, an FBI operative charged with the mission of finding missing agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. You run the investigation and will search all over Seattle and the Pacific Northwest for information and clues.
As the story progresses you will interact with X-Files characters like Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man. Series regulars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Steven Williams, Dean Haglund, Brenden Beiser, Tom Braidwood, and other regular cast members are all featured within the game.
Interaction is limited to pre-defined speech options; the game gives you a list of questions to ask each character depending on the situation. At times, you get your choice of emotional responses, from angry to humorous, depending on how you want to play the character. In essence, the game plays like a movie where you read from a script but get only one page at a time — what's on the next page depends on your choice of dialogue.
You interact with the cinematic environment, investigating the docks, visiting the hotel where Mulder and Scully were last seen, collecting small bits of evidence, even partaking in the ubiquitous standards of X-Files shows: investigating abandoned warehouses and exchanging gunfire with mysterious bad guys.
When you're not interacting with the cinematic presentations, you work with a "personal data accessory" (PDA) to take notes, review clues and contact people who can help you with the investigation. Icons at the bottom of your screen represent equipment you need, such as night-vision goggles, your FBI badge, and other inventory items.
Because of the high level of cinematic presentation used in the game, The X-Files ships on seven CD-ROMs. ~ Scott Sigler, All Game Guide